When you find your Speedlite gear outgrowing its share of space in your camera bag, it may be time to start building a portable studio kit of your own and devoting a separate bag or case for your lighting equipment. Because of their small size, you can easily pack in a few Speedlites and still have room for stands, remote triggers, gels, extra rechargeable batteries, umbrellas, and other light modifiers.
This chapter addresses some of the concerns of setting up a small studio in your home for portraits and products, and offers some ideas for building a traveling, small-flash studio lighting kit. I created just such a kit for my location work after years of lugging around several cases of studio flash and monolight equipment, and it amazes me to this day that I can nearly replicate all that gear in just one bag.
With one Speedlite and some household items such as a paint tray, sandwich baggie, and some colored paper, you can easily create dynamic images right in your own home studio.
As you become more adept at setting up and lighting your subjects, you may also want to start building a lighting kit that will be ready to go at a moment's notice. Instead of having to sort through several gear bags to find the equipment you need every time you shoot outside of your home studio, a traveling, portable studio lighting ...